Going to the movies matters. Whether it's gathering with others in darkened movie theaters, in quiet spaces or outdoors under the stars, sharing a communal experience that connects us and can transform our lives for a short while is something we all dig. Whatever you're looking for from your reel experience, this weekend has a few options worth checking out.
The Arcata Library is showing Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film The Outsiders on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arcata Library (free). Whether you're Team Soc or Team Greaser, this stylized film based on S.E. Hinton's novel about teen class warfare in 1950s Oklahoma is sure to stoke nostalgia about some aspect of your high school experience. Even if it's just relating to that dreadful at-home blonde dye job you tried to pull off.
Sometimes the collective experience we seek is to groan and laugh with strangers about the absurdity of the thing we're watching. If that's what you're after, carve out some time Friday, June 22 for The Return of Bad Cinema: '90s Edition, featuring Troll 2 and Samurai Cop at 7 p.m. at the Eureka Theater ($8 double feature). Why those two together? We don't know. It doesn't matter. The bar in the lobby will be open.
Take it outside. If you haven't been to Sequoia Park for the Movies in the Park series, grab a pal and a blanket and join the crowd on the grass Saturday, June 23 for Thor: Ragnarok (2017). DJ Dub Cowboy spins tunes starting at 7 p.m., with the main film starting at dusk, around 8:45 p.m. (free)